I am about to build ... ...an addition onto our home with a dedicated home theater (semi-multi-purpose) which will be part of it. I have a 21x15 dimension with a shallow cathedral ceiling design. As such - I want to put in a front projector as the room will have very dark shading window covers and be wired for everything from semi-auto lighting to sound and semi-automatic curtains over the screen. I want it to look and perform like it was expensive but cost considerably less then my left arm and right foot. I don't know if I'm ready for a "cost is no ******" bank of power and video conditioners with a 6' high rack of monural amps yet.... or an exotic $100,000+ projector and $28,000+ curving screen. NICE Cozy chairs and nice finish work... yes. SO... I am interested in learning more about the following regarding front projectors with a cost effective approach in mind: 1) Do I really NEED a projector with 1080p versus 720p IF the only media sources for 1080p are gonna be the HD DVDs? I enjoy movies - and am mildly impressed with 720p upsampled from regular DVDs on my 57" Epson Livingstation (720p). But ... I don't see enough media out in HD-DVD nor do I find the HD-DVD players at a compelling price level yet ... or in the foreseeable future. PLUS... I will probably be a late buyer in the HD-DVD market since I have several 100 (if not a thousand) regular DVDs ... and almost every star trek DVD out there. SO I am lothe to change to HD-DVD if I have everything I want in standard DVDs already and watch HD cable and only to be impressed by material that is SHOT in HD. A lot of movies broadcast on HD appear to be upsampled standard resolution stuff and rebroadcast as HD without the bars on the left or right... and as such look comparable to my upsampled standard DVDs. SO... why would I need 1080p if there is little programming that is original 720p??? If they have so little TRUE 720P programming and broadcast signals are 720p ... then what hope do we have for having signifiacnt TRUE 1080p programming or media??? Why would they SHOOT in 1080p IF they could not even broadcast it in 1080??? I think I might be totally satisfied with a native 720p projector/system. 2) I know that 1080p has a native 1920x1024 resolution (right?). Do they make any good native resolution front projectors that have RELATIVELY low cost (for a moderate coct front projector?). And if so - what are the models? IE, if there were a small price difference with a 1080p versus a comparable 720p then I might go for a 1080p projector in spite of my expectation of little SHOT material at 1080p. 3) DO they make many 720p projectors with a NATIVE resolution that matches 720p output? WHY, of course... you say! What precisely is the pixel dimension of 720p? Is it 1280x720? AND what would be your recommendations for a NATIVE 720P resolution front projector that is an excellent all around performer but relatively tolerable for value. Not the cheapest - but among the BEST which has the lowest street price/ and therefore highest value? 4) What GAIN level do you think is ideal for a fixed screen? 1.o? I've been told higher gain screens sacrifice image quality... how so? Is the dynamic range lower? Is there loss of shadow detail or ??? I've gone to several "high end" AV stores in the LA area and they have mode projection screens then front projectors set up - AND few sales people who posses and decent technical knowledge - so it seems. What screen manufacturer would you recommend for decent value with high performance? 5) Can I get away with something like an EPSON PowerLite Pro Cinema 810 front projector with 1600 lumens and 720p NATIVE resolution? It has a MSRP of $3000 (relatively cheap street price IMO), a 3 LCD engine (no color wheels), 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 1280x720 native resolution (is this true 720p?), 60HZ refresh rate, 102% vertical shift by 50% horizontal, a 1700 hour lamp life at 1600 lumens or 3000 hours at a reduced intensity level, and fan noise levels of 33 or 26 DB depending on lamp intensity settings. http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/c...s&oid=63064240 Or, would you like to chime in with your recommendation(s) which weigh in around $3,000? 6) I'd like to offer a "thank You" in advance for your opinions, criticisms, perspective and flaming nonsense on my queries. Some may have dribble while others shed true wisdom on these general musings of mine. I have a long way to go and indeed appreciate everything which may be offerred in reply one way or another! Cheers!